06.19.17

Three-way Ticket

Art Shows, Needles & Pens Gallery

Needles & Pens presents,

Three-way Ticket

a trio show featuring,

Søren Behncke, Liz Schmidt& Michael Swaney

Opening Reception: Friday June 30, 2017, from 6:00 – 9:00 P.M.

Three-way Ticket, defines contemporary figurative painting into three categories: figurative painting with traditional oil painting influence, presented by Liz Yoshiko Schmidt (San Francisco), figurative painting with illustrative influence presented by Søren Behncke (Aarhus), and figurative painting with art brut influence presented by Michael Swaney (Barcelona). These three contemporary accounts define figurative painting today. Curated by Pablo de Pinho, founder of ArtSFBlog.

Liz Yoshiko Schmidt is a Japanese American painter born in Chicago, Illinois. Schmidt lives and works in San Francisco, California, and is currently studying at the San Francisco Art Institute, finishing her bachelors of fine arts in painting. Her paintings are figurative depictions of her colleagues and friends, her studio, and the still-life objects in her workspace. Schmidt picks out consciously and sometimes sub-consciously her subject matter and the objects in her studio environment that she wishes to paint. She creates an autobiographical environment that is full of posters, her own paintings, her materials, and mirrors in which her reflection appears. She paints as a way of documenting herself, the individuals and the environment around her. Liz Yoshiko Schmidt is also an international professional figure skater.

Micheal Swaney was born in Canada and is based in Barcelona. In 2000 he graduated with an Illustration and Design diploma from Capilano University in Vancouver and has showed his works around North America and Europe since then. He makes paintings, drawings, collages, sculptures and quilts and is inspired by everything that occurs on the margins of society and academia, creating his own language form that builds on an Art Brut background. The imagery in his work mixes abstraction and figuration.

Søren Behncke (Papfar) is a danish sculptor and painter, born May 9, 1967 in Sønderborg, Denmark. He moved to Aarhus at the age of seventeen. Søren Behncke has a background as an illustrator and graphic designer, but changed his focus in 2003, and began to work with sculpture and painting instead. Behncke does both gallery-oriented works, and sculptural happenings and actions in public spaces. Inspired by the architecture students’ use of cardboard and glue guns for their model building, he makes works of discarded papers he collects from the neighborhood around the changing mini studio at home and abroad. His choice of material not only keeps production costs to a minimum, but the rich packaging universe of warning signs and logos has become an integrated and unique feature in Behncke’s visual language. In Denmark, Behncke is best known under the alias ‘Papfar’ because of its spectacular happenings and staging of cardboard sculptures in the public space. Among his works is a sculpture of a Massey Ferguson tractor in the size 1: 1, a cardboard rabbit tied to a tree, various tools in cardboard, and a tribute to Jørgen Nash in the form of a 4m long papers in front of the Little Mermaid . In 2005, he smashed a man-made cardboard snake bush to the giant Boy at the Aros Aarhus Art Museum, which three years later officially invited him to a solo show in the West Gallery. He has since added another identity to the list of aliases – namely the “Posemanden”, which is the name he uses when the woven or embroidered images with strips of plastic bag into the wire fence.

On display in the gallery through July 31, 2017.
(*image by Søren Behncke)

04.24.17

Mark DeLong works now available

Art Shows, Needles & Pens Gallery

All works from Mark DeLong’s Stars Above, Snakes Below show are now available to purchase online HERE. Dig in! Get the book over at & Pens Press or in-store at N&P.

03.29.17

Mark DeLong: Stars Above, Snakes Below

Art Shows, Needles & Pens Gallery

Needles & Pens presents,
Stars Above, Snakes Below
a book launch and exhibition by
Mark DeLong

Opening Reception:
Saturday April 15, 2017 from 6:00 – 9:00 P.M.

Currently living and working in Vancouver, B.C., Mark DeLong produces works in a variety of media, including sculpture, painting, drawing, and video. DeLong has exhibited in 11 countries and is a prolific explorer of unconventional mediums and materials. In his current body of work, he’s assembled intricate folk art looking collage tapestries using simple cotton thread and recycled produce boxes. & Pens Press has compiled a large selection of these works in it’s latest publication entitled Stars Above, Snakes Below. Gallery exhibition will feature works from the book.

DeLong will be in attendance for the opening reception.
On display through May 27, 2017.

02.01.17

Feb. 18: NEXT – Rich Jacobs & Sergej Vutuc

Art Shows, Needles & Pens Gallery

Opening Saturday Feb. 18 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

NEXT by Rich Jacobs and Sergej Vutuc.
An art installation of xerox copy, raw texture experiments, photos, zines, sound, and the usual random chaos.

*PLUS, special guest PUSH PERIODICAL to release the sixth issue of their great travel heavy arty skate photo zine the same night.
On display through March 2017.

11.05.16

Russ Pope’s Morning Workout

Art Shows, Needles & Pens Gallery

Needles & Pens presents,

Morning Workout
an exhibition of ink drawings on paper and vellum by
Russ Pope

Opening Reception, Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 6:30 – 9:00 P.M.

“…These drawings, made in the morning with music and coffee, are my morning stretches or workouts.”

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10.24.16

Radical Mycology Book tour with Peter McCoy.

In-Store Events, Readings

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Coming to N&P Wednesday, October 26th from 6-8pmThe Radical Mycology Book tour with Peter McCoy!
Fungi (i.e. mushrooms, yeasts, lichens, molds) are everywhere around us, forming symbioses with all plants and animals, and performing critical roles that keep complex ecological webs intact. And yet, most people are completely unaware of the incredible and ubiquitous nature of the Fungal Kingdom. In this part presentation, part mushroom roadshow, author Peter McCoy will present many means for dispelling this paradox. From the ecological importance of mushrooms and other fungi, to their rich history with human cultures around the world, to the increasingly profound potential for mushroom cultivation to address a range of pressing global issues, this special event will take you deep into the fungal realm. The result just may change the way you look at fungi, and the world at large. **This event is FREE!!**

09.30.16

Lena Wolff’s Shapes in Space

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Needles & Pens presents,

Shapes in Space by Lena Wolff
an exhibition of collages, drawings, prints and a wood wall sculpture.

Opening Reception, Saturday October 8, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:30 P.M.

With musical performance by Hazy Loper, and a few songs by Ivy Jeanne, Stormy Knight, Daniela Sea, & Alicia McCarthy

Lena Wolff is a San Francisco-Bay Area artist whose work extends out of craft and folk art traditions, while at the same time being grounded in the modern and contemporary movements of minimalism, geometric abstraction, Op art and feminist practice. Her new show Shapes in Space at Needles & Pens presents paper collages, wood wall sculpture and print editions that fluctuate between patterns from nature and the lines of geometric abstraction found in American quilts, forming an interplay of repeated interconnected cosmic symbols.

Wolff is a long-time Bay Area resident who has been a part of the arts community here for over 25 years. She has exhibited at Headlands Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, CULT / Aimee Frieberg Exhibitions, Traywick Contemporary, Dominican University, Adobe Books and New Image Arts, among other spaces. Her work is in the collections of the One Archive, The San Francisco Arts Commission, The Alameda County Arts Commission, Facebook, The Cleveland Clinic, The University of Iowa Museum and The Zuckerman Museum of Art, among others. In 2018, Wolff will be an artist-in-residence at the De Young Museum. She lives with her wife Miriam Klein Stahl, artist and illustrator of the children’s books Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide, with their daughter Hazel in Berkeley, California.

08.29.16

RAD WOMEN WORLDWIDE

Art Shows, Needles & Pens Gallery, Shop - Books

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Needles & Pens presents,
Original paper cuts by
Miriam Klein Stahl
from her upcoming book
RAD WOMEN WORLDWIDE
by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl
Published by 10 Speed Press

Opening Reception September 10th, 2016 from 6:30-8:30PM
On Display through October 2, 2016

About Rad Women Worldwide:
From the authors of the New York Times bestselling book Rad American Women A-Z, comes a bold new collection of 40 biographical profiles, each accompanied by a striking illustrated portrait, showcasing extraordinary women from around the world.

In Rad Women Worldwide, writer Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl tell fresh, engaging, and inspiring tales of perseverance and radical success by pairing well researched and riveting biographies with powerful and expressive cut-paper portraits. Featuring an array of diverse figures from Hatshepsut (the great female king who ruled Egypt peacefully for two decades) and Malala Yousafzi (the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize) to Poly Styrene (legendary teenage punk and lead singer of X-Ray Spex) and Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft (polar explorers and the first women to cross Antarctica), this progressive and visually arresting book is a compelling addition to women’s history.

Praise:
“Imagine learning history right the first time, without ever having to unlearn all the lies and omissions. RAD WOMEN WORLDWIDE lifts the doom—maybe this is, in fact, a wonderful time to grow up.”
—Miranda July, artist, writer, and filmmaker

“This book needs to be in every school, library, and home.”
—Margaret Cho, comedian

08.02.16

Energy Descriptions by Julianna Bright

Art Shows, Needles & Pens Gallery

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Needles & Pens presents,

Energy Descriptions,
an exhibition of new paintings by
Julianna Bright

Opening Reception Friday August 5, 2016 from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm.
On display thorugh September 4, 2016.

Energy Descriptions is an exhibiiton of paintings in gouache on paper stained with tea or india ink. Thematically they vary from botanicals to abstract shapes. The botanicals are efforts toward describing generative power and unitive life force almost realistic with something spontaneous and unplanned appearing within each. Alternatively, the abstract pieces represent meditations in which Bright selected a subject, allowing each movement of the brush to draw her deeper inside of it.

Bio:
Julianna Bright was born in Los Angeles in 1971. She grew up in Southern California and received a BA in English Literature from UC Berkeley in 1995.

Julianna’s vivid, delicate works in gouache, watercolor and ink have appeared on album covers, in periodicals and in galleries around North America. Her band – Golden Bears – with her husband Seth Lorinczi, was 2012 alternative pick on iTunes & Amazon. Julianna also makes award-winning children’s music under the name Cat Doorman.

She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

http://juliannabright.com/

07.05.16

Michael Sieben + Briar Bonifacio at N&P

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Needles & Pens presents,

WESTERN MIGRATION
New Paintings and Drawings by
Briar Bonifacio + Michael Sieben

Open Reception: Saturday July 9, 2016 from 6:00-9:30 p.m.
(runs through 8/2/16)

Both Bonifacio and Sieben live and work in Austin, TX, creating murals, illustrations, paintings, skateboard graphics, and sculptures. Briar’s drawing style is reminiscent of 1950’s American advertising with household items, animals and food all coming to life: wasabi characters, sushi-roll men, bluebirds, Buddhist bandit cats, Egyptian ladybugs and Gaudí-like birdhouses all have a story to tell you in his paintings. Bonifacio has been painting murals for the past 23 years and has exhibited from Hong Kong to New York. He has worked with Deitch Projects, bringing his characters to life for art parades and has also created a forest of smiling trees with Pope Park in Hartford, CT. 

Michael Sieben is best known for his cast of invented characters, whose portraits mirror our own trials and tribulations of modern-day existence, their weariness and wounds worn proudly as opposed to being hidden. Sieben is currently the managing editor of Thrasher magazine and has a monthly column in Juxtapoz magazine. In addition, he co-owns a small skateboard brand called The Program and is an active member of the Okay Mountain art collective, founded in Austin, TX, in 2006. 

For more information: 
www.dearninja.com   
@dearninja 

msieben.com
programskates.com
okaymountain.com
@sieben_up

See you there!!

06.18.16

Heidi Anderson’s works available online!

Art Shows, Needles & Pens Gallery

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Click here to view and purchase works from Heidi Anderson’s Desert Vessels & Cactus People exhibition at N&P. On display through July 4, 2016.

05.31.16

In the Gallery: New works by Heidi Anderson

Art Shows

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N&P is excited to announce the opening of

Desert Vessels & Cactus People new works by Heidi Anderson

Desert Vessels & Cactus People is an exploration of otherworldly realms and uncovered meanings in drawing and ceramic sculpture by Los Angeles based artist Heidi Anderson.

Opening reception: Saturday June 4, 2016 from 6 – 9 P.M.
On display through July 4,2016.

04.27.16

Dave King’s Fridge

Art Shows, Needles & Pens Gallery

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Opening Saturday May 7, 2016 from 6-9pm
Fridge!
a solo show by
Dave King
Fridge! A strange new installation by Dave King, designer of the Crass Symbol. Carrying a packed lunch and a flask of tea, Dave King wanders off into the bushes in search of an un-marked path. Through dense undergrowth seeded with shards of rusty metal, along canals and past World War Two bunkers, the road spirals towards the infinite. A few inexplicable signposts are visible in the show, photographic ghosts, consumer durables, a smiling Crass symbol and radiant aliens. Out of the fridge and into the trees. No Way. Way!
On display through May 30th

02.28.16

Outside, Maria Forde

Art Shows, Needles & Pens Gallery

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N&P presents,
Outside new paintings by Maria Forde
Opening reception Saturday March 5, 2016 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
with music by Adam Cimino and Mark Kaiser.
On display through April 3, 2016

11.26.15

All work from Damien Hoar de Galvan now online

Art Shows

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All work from the Damien Hoar de Galvan show is now available for online purchase.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW.

10.09.15

OK, Damien Hoar de Galvan

Art Shows, Needles & Pens Gallery

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Needles & Pens presents,
OK
a solo exhibition by
Damien Hoar de Galvan

Boston based artist Damien Hoar de Galvan will be exhibiting a gallery full of mixed media wooden sculptural works in first ever California solo show.

Opens November 6, 2015
6:00-9:30 p.m.
(and runs through 12/31/15)

Artist Statement:
For the last 5 or so years the work I have been making has been smallish wooden sculptures. The wood I use is almost always found or reused/recycled or whatever term is most en vogue to describe art material not bought for that purpose. There is a practicality to working like this but it is also often an aesthetic choice as well, wood or other material that is old or used is generally more visually appealing to me and often gives me a starting point to begin a new work. The act of making something is the way I have found to be the most useful and satisfied to myself at the end of the day. It is probably as simple as that, a way to keep myself busy and feel like I’m being productive in some way. I begin with small bits of wood, painted or not. Then it is a matter of playing with them until I can see some way they will start to fit together. It’s sort of like a puzzle with no picture to use as a reference. Visual and structural problems often quickly arise and it is then that a piece will begin to develop. I suppose I almost seek out the problems in order to continue making them, it all becomes a way to stay interested and motivated to work. I describe the process of making here in this statement because that is much of what the work is about. It is process based work and it took me a long time to come to terms with that (I’m probably still coming to terms). It is the act of making that satisfies and frustrates me. It is dealing with my own personal emotions and feelings while making that I suppose the work is about. Maybe this is why I titled the show “ok”, because ok for me describes a strange ambivalent satisfaction. The way life is, up and down but hopefully (for me) ok. If I can work the way I want to and feel good about myself at the end of the day then I think that is probably a worthwhile endeavor.
Damien Hoar de Galvan

08.22.15

Push Periodical Release Party/Art Show

Art Shows, Needles & Pens Gallery

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Friday September 4th 6-9pm

N&P presents,
Push Periodical Release Party with photographs (from the magazine) by Richard Hart, and Ben Gore; along with artwork by Mat O’Brien.

PUSH PERIODICAL is a new skateboard magazine from UK-born, SF-based photographer Richard Hart. Richard’s work has been published in many magazines over the years, including Slap, Transworld Skateboarding, The Skateboard Mag, Kingpin etc.

Push is limited to 700 copies, some will be available on the night.

Live music will be supplied by Smokin’ Ziggurats.
www.pushperiodical.com

08.03.15

Selfish at N&P

In-Store Events, Readings

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Friday, August 21 at 7:00pm at N&P

Join the editors and contributors of Selfish magazine at N&P for a night of readings and discussion.

Selfish was created as a means to tackle the continuing lack of female presence in publishing as well as encourage women to engage in creative truth-telling. This night will involve a talk about the project//women in publishing// the benefits of collaboration – and we’re encouraging female attendees to bring out their own work with the intention of publishing pieces collected on the road in our third issue to debut next January. Issue one contributor Lauren Crew Photography will join the discussion!

07.19.15

3 PAINTERS

Needles & Pens Gallery

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Coming to N&P Saturday August 1st, 6-9 pm:
3 P A I N T E R S: Ashley Fundora, Lauren D’Amato, Holly McHugh
with D.J. Sauvecito Souldies spinning soul jams.
Please join us in welcoming three emerging artists to the Bay Area
for a viewing of recent paintings.

The self-awareness gained being an identical twin informed this painting series and my investigation of one-self. These paintings explore the relationship between our socially curated digital identities and the reality of being. Through experimenting with different painting processes, techniques and color these works paint a portrait of who we are as a result of these contrasting systems and influences. As well as, blurring the line that divides our actual being from our preconceived virtual versions. Creating a conceptually layered work that questions the place of self in today’s equation.Ashley Fundora

My work has aesthetically grown from the influence of my family’s craft of sign making. I’ve enjoyed adapting their traditional and western styles to examine and process my own relationships to the imagery I grew up on. Some of it is personal reflection, but it’s all about the process of production which keeps me happy. Knowing I’m picking up somehow where they left off. – Lauren D’Amato

I use figure studies combined with found images, drawings, photographs and memory to piece together compositions that have a semblance of narrative. – Holly McHugh

07.06.15

Anders Nilsen + Marc Bell @ N&P

In-Store Events, Readings

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Join us on Monday July 13 from 7:00-9:00 P.M. for a Reading, Signing, and Book Launch with Anders Nilsen and Marc Bell at Needles And Pens! The authors/artists will be at N&P to release their latest Drawn & Quarterly titles: Anders Nilsen‘s Poetry is Useless, and Marc Bell Stroppy. Not to be missed!

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